Tales of the Tokoloshe

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Struik, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 143 pages
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Traditional magic and superstition have always formed an integral part of South Africa's indigenous folktales, in which the tokoloshe is a significant manifestation. Even today many rural and urban Nguni peoples, particularly the Zulu and Xhosa, still believe in the power of these mischievous and sometimes evil, hairy spirits. Interestingly though, the belief in these water sprites has spread to all cultures in South Africa. Usually invisible to adults, tokoloshes are believed to be fond of children and treat them as friends. Against this background, Professor Pieter Scholtz has set his collection of approximately 12 fantasy tales on the adventures of an engagingly naughty little sprite named Tokoloshe. These stories, bound to enthrall young readers in the nine to 14 age range, are followed by an 'activity' section and a glossary. The stories are charmingly and imaginatively illustrated by Cherie Treweek.REVIEWS "This book is imaginatively conceived and exceptionally well illustrated. This book is filled with intriguing characters, a variety of exciting adventures. The author and Illustrator are at the top of their games and have produced a creative and imaginative work. "The Reading Tub

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Read the first page, so badly written I just gave up


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About the author (2004)

Professor Pieter Scholtz, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Natal, was head of the drama department for over 25 years before his retirement in 1997. He currently runs a small theatre where regular productions are presented for young audiences. Tales of the Tokoloshe is his first set of published short stories; he has also written and published 25 plays for young audiences and won the Amstel Playwright of the Year Award in 1979 and 1980 for two of them.

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